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it used to be. the white house now says president obama spoke with his russian counterpart vladimir putin today about coordinating their efforts to fight terrorism. the leaders also apparently discussed the concerns about syria and the chemical weapons there. just last week we learned that u.s. intelligence indicates the syrians may have used nerve gas against their people. that's president obama has line.in the past would the white house says right now there is not enough evidence. >> there is much more to be done to verify conclusively that the red line that the president has talked about has been crossed. >> shepard: still, the pentagon does have options in case the president decides it's time to take action. jennifer griffin with the news live at the pentagon tonight. explain the possible plans for using force, jen. >> well, both the white house and the pentagon, shep, appear to be buying time. >> we are continuing to assess what happened. i think we should wait to get the facts. before we make any judgments on what action, if any, should be taken and what kind of action. >> a no-fly
at a white house news conference, obama called the indefinite imprisonment of over 100 people unsustainable, but defended the ongoing force feeding of those on a hunger strike to win their freedom. >> the idea we would still a group ofrever individuals who have not been tried, that is contrary to who we are, contrary to our interests and it needs to stop. i am going to go back at it because i think it is important. >> are you going to continue force feeding these individuals? >> i do not want them to die. the pentagon is trying to manage the situation as best they can, but i think all of us should reflect on why exactly are we doing this? why are we doing this? >> in a statement, a group representing guantanamo bay prisoners welcome to obama's closure pledged but urged him to take immediate action the center for constitutional rights said obama should immediately released 86 people already cleared for transfer and lift his self-imposed moratorium on returning yemeni nationals to their home country. we will speak with the center for constitutional rights after headlines. the obama administra
former president. twice barack obama won the white house by running against him, in '08 and again in '12. he's never carped. he never criticized. i think that has played well with people. it's hard to look back and say that iraq was anything other than a disaster, and and you can see the shadow and echoes of iraq in the disiks right now as we approach syria or anyplace else-- iran. it's-- you know, that is-- that was a defining moment for this country's foreign policy. >> woodruff: and for his presidenciy? >> yeah, i think it was the poeps-9/11. iraq and afghanistan, it's hard to defend the iraq war as we see it right now. i do think preventing another terror attack, creating that apparatus, that's on the plus side of the ledger. i'm not sure it will outweigh when history judges but i do think he gets credit for that. >> the one thing i do agree with david with is mitt romney lost in 2012 in large part because he at no point did not show any empathy. by 81-18 voters on election day said barack obama cares more about people like me than mitt romney. and they could have used a large dollop
. the white house now reports president obama spoke over the phone with the russian president, putin, voicing turn about the rogue nation's possible use of chemical weapons. both leaders agreed to stay in close consultation. the white house has not verify identified conclusively whether syria crossed any redline by possibly unleashing chemical weapons on its own people. >> the united nations has a team ready to deploy to syria within 24 to 48 hours. if assad allows that team in and follows through on his stated commitment and interest in having this matter investigated. >> shepard: the defense secretary, chuck hagel, announced last week that intelligence concluded with varying degrees of confidence the syrian regime had used chemical weapons, including nerve gar -- gaspar rein. president obama said that would be a game-changer if through. jennifer griffin is at the passenger. what does the u.s. military plan to do if they need to? >> the pentagon and central command presented plans to white months ago. many feel the president painted himself in the corner talk about a red line. >> we're conti
used chemical weapons. the question is why is the white house waiting when president obama said this is a red line? the answer is that properly, as you were stressing, he wants to be sure of the evidence and also to be sure that he can take it to the u.n. and international forums to have legitimacy for whatever the u.s. does. the bottom line for the u.s. continues to be trying to get the russians onboard in a negotiated settlement which will require most solid evidence that bashar al assad has crossed not just obama's red line but vladimir putin's as well. that's where they are this afternoon. >> here's the president's spokesman today. let's listen to this. >> knowing that potentially chemical weapons have been used inside of syria doesn't tell us when they were used, how they were used. obtaining confirmation and strong evidence. all of those things we have to make sure we work on with the international community. i've been very clear publicly, but also privately, that for the syrian government to utilize chemical weapons on its people crosses a line that will change my calculo
administrator of the office of information and regulatory affairs in the obama white house in the president's first term. he described in a "new york times" article how properly packaged messages of hate can spread and how hard it is for fact and reason to catch up. let me read that. suppose you saw with a strong, but basely conviction, that nefarious people conspire against your kind. the best medicine is no medicine. if so, you can ready discover the support for your views because of web, too, enclaves of like-minded people are found or emerge in an instant. a lot of empirical work establishes that when people sort themselves to such enclaves, they tend to become more confident, more unified, and more extreme, so is technology making people more dismissive of views, more toller rand of extremist views? >> i think of the internet as a force multiplier, good and bad. to the extent what technology does is give us access to so many more people, and they would not get off line for practical reasons, could come together, and so it exacerbates our tendencies to think a certain way and to the ext
the white house. president obama will hold a news conference in about 9 minutes from now. it is slated for 10:15 eastern time. there is so much to cover. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to "america's newsroom." a bit of a surprise. martha: a news conference coming up in a while. good morning, everybody, i'm martha maccallum. there is whole host of issues the president could address but one would think the situation in syria would be front and center. bill: we have wendell goler on the north lawn. wendell, what is this all about? >> reporter: last time the president held a solo news conference was mid-january. his aides said he wowed them at correspondents dinner but didn't take questions. so he is due. he will take questions about 10:15 or so. as you say syria likely to dominate the list of questions and whether or not the president has backed away from his warning to bashar al-assad using chemical weapons could cross a red line. his aides now say the president wants definitive proof of the two alleged occasions where chemical weapons were used last month. u.s. intelligence agencies are not a
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. president obama said the use of chemical weapons would cross a red line forcing action but stopped short of saying what action would be taken. the white house is very concerned about the use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians. but equally concerned that the weapons may fall in hands of extremist groups fighting alongside with the rebels. president obama on friday essentially reduced expectations that the united states would intervene in syria anytime soon. american officials fear that as bad as assad may be and as bad as the violence may be now, what comes after he is removed may be more chaotic and violent. as the debate continues, the rebels attack a government air base in the province today, while the syrian forces repeatedly shelled rebel positions in and around the province of aleppo. shannon? with the latest from the middle east. thank you. >>> distributors of videos circulating on the web claim it shows proof syrian government is guilty of attacking the own citizen with the kim call weapons. just last week they admitted the likelihood that syria used small amount of
. live to the white house for announcements from president obama. [applause] >> thank you. good morning, everybody. please have a seat. my top priority as president is to grow the economy, create good, middle-class jobs, make sure the next generation prospers. in a few minutes, i will be departing the white house that will promote that priority. one of our largest economic partners, then i will be visiting coastal rita where i will send a summit with central american leaders. in both in the dutch instances, i will work to deepen trade relationships across latin america. a relationship that creates jobs, growth here at home and growing markets where they can sell more american-made goods and services abroad. before i go, i have some business to do. i am proud to announce that i will be nominating to outstanding individuals to my cabinet, who will focus on these issues. ier the past four years, have tasked the secretary of commerce and the trade representative with opening new markets for goods and services, doubling our expert -- exports. over those four years, ron kirk, along with its o
institute] white house photo out, president obama discussed civil war issues. intelligence agencies had recently reported that the sy rian government has used chemical weapons. resident obama calls the findings a game changer. .e called for in investigation this is about 10 minutes. >> i want to welcome to the oval office once again king abdullah. his majesty is a great friend of the united states. jordan is a great partner to the united states on a host of issues. although we have recently seen each other, want to thank his majesty for the extraordinary hospitality he showed during our visit. there remain a host of issues in the region we will have a opportunity to discuss. first of all, i want to congratulate his majesty on syria -- the serious issue inside of jordan. we have been supportive with respect to long guarantees and other efforts in part because we have also seen the abdulla take some very important steps to further open democracy and entrepreneurship inside of jordan. we want to encourage that because we think jordan can be an extraordinary model for governance in the regi
. our chief white house correspondent has the report >> as president obama continue to talk up the economic resurgence in this hemisphere as the focus of his three day trips south of the border. >> trade and commerce create good jobs florida people. >> the labor department reports the unemployment rate dropped seven point* 5% the lowest level in four years that more people were finding jobs than leaving the work force and in the dish with april's gains the government revised the february and march numbers suffered by a total of 114,000 jobs. >> we are gaining jobs over 160,000 and unemployment has taken down. >> there were still major warning signs they are struggling in not a single new job in april while construction employment fell for the first time in one year. the commerce department said orders to factories fell in march by the largest amount in seven months and 11 point* 6 billion workers who wanted jobber still unable to find one. >> we have to get this economy going, and not raising tax rates to have more peopl working we could do would it not for the drag of the pres
, which we see coming up in the weeks. the worst week was president obama. when the white house press corps is questioning if you've got juice, really not a good week when you are president. the whole question of is he a lame duck president three months into his second term, that's problematic, not that he can't work his way out of. >> not what a president wants to be asked about. morris, your picks? >> susan, really? come on. come on. this is ridiculous. my worst -- let me start with my worst, my worst is those poor germans, the best economy in europe, now the best football clubs in europe. you know what to do with those poor germans. but my best week goes to the economy. again, adding jobs, steady pace, wall street skyrocketing. i don't understand why the republicans cannot praise this president for his stewardship of the economy. susan, i just can't understand t. >> can't start a fight. don't have a lot of time. patricia, i want to end with you. who are your best and worst of the week? >> my best week goes to gabriel gomez, republican nominee now in the senate race up there. he is
"breaing: two explosions in the white house and barack obama is injured." everybody went crazy online. it was retweeted 1,800 times to the associated press with almost two million followers. after that we saw a drop in standard & poor's and the stock market. >> $136 billion lost. most of that rebounded in the seven minutes it took for people like me to start rushing over to the white house and find out there were no explosions and for the twitter to suspend the associated account, account which had been hacked which we suspected. >> and which the a.p. out out a correction saying it did not happen. >> they said this say bogus ap tweet, which i thought was very short and tight. >> they had some indication that somebody was trying to break into the system. >> they did earlier and they sent out a warning to all of the 2,000 journalists plus the people working at the a.p., saying someone is trying to phish or get into the system do in the click. >> the phishing scams they send a link that looks like an article. it's asking for data. >> exposes your password. what this underscores is the wa
options that the white house has been considering. president obama has been very careful in terms of not really talking about those options that are under consideration. tonight that changed and he said he is not at this point considering putting boots on the ground. using the term, he does not foresee putting boots on the ground in syria. the president has to some extent boxed him in. he said of course if syria uses chem weapons that would be a red line. the white house saying they believe chemical weapons were used but there are still too many questions about the origin of the weapons. president obama not ready to say how he is going to proceed when it comes to syria. so again we are still trying to get reaction to the israeli airstrike. >> andrea, you mentioned before john kerry is in moscow, on a trip specifically with the intent of trying to move forward diplomatically on presenting a u united front, to avoid further military escalation, to avoid a regional conflict. the chief on stek sell russia which is course with the assad regime, as well as iran. how does it change the n
that the assad regime used or tried to use chemical weapons. president obama said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons would cross a red line forcing action but stopped short of saying what type of action would be taken. the white house is very concerned about the use of chemical weapons against rebels and civilians but equally concerned that the weapons may fall into the hands of extremist groups fighting alongside the rebels. president obama reduced expectations that the u.s. would intervene in syria any time soon. as the fighting rages on u.s. officials fear if the united states were to intervene and remove assad, things may just get worse. harris? >> harris: conor, thank you. a knife attack in new mexico leaves four people hurt. it happened in a place of worship. details still coming into the newsroom now from albuquerque. service was closing this morning when a young man climbed over the pews and began repeatedly stabbing the choir's lead singer. other parishonners may have been hurt as they struggled to substitute attacker. remarkably none of the injuries considered life thre
at large at salon and author of the book "what is the matter with white people?" president obama marked 100 days of his second term and we see headlines like this one. president obama says "i am still relevant." is he finding his voice having an effective audience? how would you rate how he has done on the big issues? pre-k's i give him -- >> -- guest: i give him a b. we focus on the president and act like he has magic powers. a tough he has congress to work with, and the republicans in particular and democrats are to blame at times, too, have devoted themselves to not working with him. a lot of people thought he should have done more on the gun control will. i do not know he had it in his power to move those last six votes on either side. i am more critical on the sequester. newt: on gun control, then " york times" is sending reporters up to kelly ayotte where she is drawing supporters and detractors for her vote against the gun control bill. "the wallheadline in street journal." "theou watching -- washington post e are you watching what is happening? guest: very closely. she is in a purpl
48% since president obama took over the white house. we've gone from 32 million to 47 million. almost 48 million. and we're gaining about 80,000 every month signing up. net new claimants for food stamps 80,000 a month even though we're told the economy is recovering. what's going on? >>brian: you know what the president would say? the president would say i inherited a mess. government was tanking -- excuse me, the economy was tanking. people were losing jobs, so, therefore, i've got to prop them up. >> this is a flashpoint in the debate of takers versus makers, taxpayers paying no taxpayers. at a point where we've got a trillion-dollar a year deficit, spending money we don't have, surely we should be doing something about this expanding food stamp program. >>brian: something you're going to be talking about? >> yes. we're going to get another stock market rally because ben bernanke is printing up a storm. >>steve: three hours now over in fox business, this man is going to take the stage. >> tell you all about making money, baby. >>brian: coming up straight head. >>gretchen: general sh
the pressure on president obama to intervene in the syrian war. all that after last week, the white house said that basha bashar alasaad probably used chemical weapons, but they said it was a small amount. it does seem to contradict what president obama said earlier about a red line that the regime couldn't cross. >> i keep feeling i've seen this movie before in bosnia. and i really do liken syria to bosnia, not libya and all the other. bosnia. in bosnia, the united states did not want to accept there was an ethnic cleansing or genocide going on. all sides were equally guilty. it took a final massacre. it has been tried and they've been charged with genocide, the culprits. here, 70,000 casualties, two years later and the president laid down not just his red line, but the kper national communities red line. also, the president doesn't like it. it is a violation of the laws of war. it's a crime that the world has to deal with. i was interviewed and i have been doing this for weeks and months. and this week, we have had two eyewitnesss, basically, inside syria who have told us about what they saw
>> next, comments from president obama and conan o'brien from the 99th annual -- white house correspondents dinner hosted at the hilton hotel. ♪ >> thank you. thank you, everybody. how do you like my new entrance music? [applause] rush limbaugh warned you about this, second term, baby. [laughter] we are changing things around here little bit. [laughter] were ay, my advisors little worried about the new rap entrance music. they are a little more traditional. they suggested that i should start with some jokes at my own expense. .ake myself down a peg i was like, guys, after four and a half years, how many tags are are there -- pegs left? [laughter] i want to think the white house correspondents. ed, you are doing an outstanding job. we are grateful for the great work you have done. [laughter] -- [applause] that is all the dignitaries that are here, everybody on the dais. i especially want to thank ray does outstanding work for our country, all of our men and women in uniform, and of course, our extraordinary first lady, michelle obama. [applause] loves michelle. ,"e's on the
obama made news saying all the options the white house is currently energy syria, boots on the ground, u.s. troops, not one of those options, how surprised are you by that? >> not surprised given the administration's incredible caution. i applaud that we don't want another iraq. we have to act. the syrian opposition is begging for weaponry. assad is wing, broken the blockade of a few bases and the world sort of weight, more moderate members of the foreign army, general broke want al qaeda-aligned jihadist rebels. he says he has more secular forces and begging us for simple things, one way to start if we art rebels, millen anti-tank missiles, they can taken out syrian armor. the fear would be someday they might be used against israeli forces but not talking anti-aircraft missile this is not sophisticate bud could make a difference, i think. i was speaking with someone yesterday and they said this is specifically the kind of weapon we want. very effective against armor. >> what's it called again? >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> they have small arms, but
news special report. president obama is about to hold a white house news conference. >> this is the first time since march 1st that the president has held a white house news conference. it's only the second white house news conference this year. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> tkpwofrpg to you, nora. there's no particular reason for this news conference. the president thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions before his trip to folks colater this week. this is the 100th day of the be second term. there's been a lot of criticism that he hasn't gotten much accomplished. he may see this as a way to relaunch his efforts. we know he will be asked about syria, immigration, gun control which failed miserably. immigration is live only because he managed to stay out of it. and other topics certain to come up, the debt, the coming limits on spending which will be a big fight in congress this summer, and who gets blamed of course is always a major concern of the white house. the public either blames congress or the president. the preside
there. martha if. martha: president obama is set to tap the mayor of charlotte, north carolina to run the transportation department. his name is anthony foxx. a white house official says that announcement could come later today. earlier this month, mayor foxx announced he would not seek reelection for mayor of charlotte. he wanted to spend more time with his children. he will be the first african-american nominee in the president's second cabinet. maybe spend more time in washington with them there. bill: but he has got his hands full with the transportation thing and security we talked about. martha: big job. bill: furloughs and all that stuff. martha: yeah. bill: just getting rolling, folks on a monday. there is dangerous flooding affecting more than a dozen states already and more rain is in the forecast. we'll show you where and how bad it is and how bad might be for millions of people. martha: look at this. a powerful explosion in a busy city center. we'll tell you what caused this. plus, you remember the white house says if syria crosses or uses chemical weapons that would be a
. >> who are you looking forward to seeing the most? >> obama, for me. >> enqueue so much. >> next, tonight's 99th annual washington correspondents dinner at the washington hilton hotel here in washington, dc. the dinner includes awards and scholarships to journalists, remarks from white house correspondents association president at henry, and remarks from michelle obama, the president, and comedian conan o'brien. >> i'm going to need everybody to be quiet. i've got some secret video that we shot. the process of what goes into this dinner. you guys out there fight so hard for tickets to this dinner, you fight so hard, push so hard for better table placement, but i was stunned at how intense it got. i thought i had seen it all, until a certain congressman i see sitting up here tried to take over this dinner. , we cannot have you stockpiling all of these tickets, deciding where everybody gets to sit. i really need you to release >> some of these tables. >>>> you know my motto. you scratch my back, i will not last rate yours. >> i have integrity. >> i've seen your work, ed. let's not kid ourse
. at a stop in costa rica on friday, president obama addressed the syrian conflict. major garrett is traveling with the president and joins us from san jose costa rica. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anthony and nancy. white house advisors will not confirm the attack on syria. other top u.s. government officials have confirmed it. the white house knows that israel has attacked syria before back in january and its target then was a convoy of long range missiles. to the much bigger question of whether he would ever send u.s. forces to fight on the ground in the middle of the syrian civil war, president obama here yesterday came as close as he ever has to ruling that out. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in . >> it's a scenario in which bother were on the ground. and, by the way, when i cull with the region the president leave office and stabilizing the situation in syria. they agree with that assessment. >> reporter: the president also said the u.s. is continuing to investigate charges that the syrian regime used weapo
.c.c. >> again, we're in the east room of the white house this afternoon. we're waiting if president obama he is set to make two staff nominations, congressman mel watt to be the head of the finance agency, that agency oversees fannie mae and freddie mac. tom wheeler will replace the outgoing chair of the f.c.c. the announcement is set to happen here in just a moment ere on c-span. >> president obama set to appear here in the east room of the white house in just a moment making a couple of staff nominations. congressman mel watt districting the finance agency and replacing julius genachowski is the chair of the f.c.c. would be tom wheeler who is the former president of the national cable television. homeland security chair announced today that they have set a date for hearings to taking place, examining the boston bombings and implications for homeland security. that is scheduled for may 9. witnesses include the boston police commission davis and senator joe lieberman of connecticut. that is next thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern. we will likely cover that. from the associated press toda
targeting weapons shipments that were headed to hezbollah in lebanon. so white house officials are not commenting this morning, but president obama has consistently said he believes that israel has a right to defend itself. and i can tell you that syria has been a pressing concern for this administration. of course, president obama traveling here in latin america, landed here in costa rica yesterday, and held a joint news conference in which he got a question about the conflict in syria, and he made his most definitive comment to date about possible american military intervention. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in syria, american boots on the ground in syria, would not only be good for america, but also would be good for syria. >> so the president all but ruling out the possibility of putting boots on the ground. according to most polls, americans are opposed to direct military intervention in syria. they are war weary in the wake of iraq and afghanistan. so other possible options under consideration, united stat
weapons on a small scale in its fight against rebels. now president obama has said repeatedly that the use of chemical weapons would cross a quote: red line forcing u.s. action. stopped short of saying what that actually would actually be. this week the white house essentially ruled out putting u.s. troops on the ground in syria. but the u.s. has started providing direct nonmilitary aid to rebels. but this whole situation, kelly, whether it's the transfer of conventional weapons to groups like hezbollah or othe use of chemical weapons has a lot of people in this part of the world and in the united states and europe very, very nervous about what is going on in syria. and what will happen today, tomorrow, and in the future. kelly? >> kelly: conor, you are absolutely right about assessment. all people are keeping their eyes on what is going on in syria. thank you, sir. >> back here at home there are new developments in the boston bombing situation. at this time we are learning a search of computers in tamerlan tsarnaev's home turned up al qaeda magazine called inspire. both known for spreadi
on syrian state media. here in costa rica where the president is traveling no comment from the white house referring all questions to the israelis. as tensions rise in the middle east, president obama did tell reporters he's keeping all options open. but he is being careful because of prior mistakes, he says, made by moving too quickly in the middle east and he is reluctant to send in american troops. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in syria, american boots on the ground in syria would not only be good for america, but also would be good for syria. >> reporter: the president saying here in costa rica, he is ready to apply every pressure point to syria. bianna and dan. >> a major challenge facing this administration right now, jim avila traveling with the president. thank you. >>> a lot of other news developing overnight. for that as always it's mr. ron claiborne. good morning, sir. >> good morning, mr. dan harris and bianna golodryga. good morning, america. we begin with that routine traffic stop that turned into a deadly shootout. police in ohio released this d
of the employers. the obama administration pippered about whether the height height or state department tried to silence the bengazi survivors. the white house insisted anyone who want to testify before congress is it welcome to. >> bengazi happened a long time ago. we are unaware of agencies blocking . employees who will like to give information to bengazi. >> that is the names of the men. it clolcely guarded secret in washington who will provide that information on wednesday. >> thank you very much. doug collins served on the oversight committee and will be in the hearings. thank you for joining us today. >> thank you. >> and what is your reaction to the news breaking about the whistle blowers and several memberings of - members of your committee would not get access to the identity of the witnesses that survived that day. >> it is a process we are seeing, they are dragging their feet. even the comment that bengazi happened such a long time ago. it is fresh in people's mind and they are tired of the administration and state department dragging their feet and not allowing security clearance
should have done two years ago from the statement that is coming out of white house i'm not sure they he will. >> chris: senator john mccain who has been pushing president obama to intervene in syria for two years renewing his call this week after finding the assad regime has used chemical weapons. it is time for the sunday group. brit hume, fox news senior political analyst. amy walter of the cook political report. bill kristol from the weekly standard and charles lane of the washington post. i think it is fair to say that president obama has put himself in a bit of a box here on syria. kept talking for months about red lines and consequences and game changers but you clearly mindful of the bad entell against that led into the invasion of iraq and also clear he never wanted to get involved military in syria. is there a graceful way out for him? >> what he will do and is trying to do is insist on ironclad proof. you wonder if he doesn't want an affidavit signed by bashar assad himself saying yes indeed we did use serin gas on these people. appetizing prospect. a president who didn't want
that the syrian military has used chemical weapons on a small scale against rebels. president obama said it would cross a red line, but he stopped short of saying what the action would be. this week the white house ruled output go american troops on the ground in syria, but the u.s. has started providing non-military support for the rebels and it could grow in a few weeks. white house is still debating to arm some rebel groups but the white house is taking a cautious approach. >> gregg: thanks very much. >> heather: the u.s. has provided non-lethal aid to insurgents in syria stepping up support lately. the white house has resisted calls from some lawmakers to arm the rebels or establish a new no fly zone to help them out. chuck hagel said the administration is rethinking it's position. >> we are exploring all options to achieve the objectives i just talked about. these are not static situations. you must always look at different options based on the reality on the ground and based on what you want to achieve, based on the future and international intelligence. >> heather: u.s. intelligence shows
the statement coming out of the white house, i'm not sure they will. >> chris: senator john mccain, pushing president obama to intervene in syria for two years, called this week after findings the assad regime has used chemical weapons. time for our sunday group. brit hume, fox news senior political analyst, amy walter of the cook political report, bill kristol from "the weekly standard," and charles lane of the "washington post." fair to say president obama has put himself in a box on syria. he kept talking for months about red lines, game changers, but he's clearly mindful of the bad intelligence that led to the invasion of iraq, and it's also clear, he's never wanted to get involved in syria. is there a graceful way out? >> what he's trying to do now is insist on ironclad proof. you wonder if he doesn't want an affidavit signed by bashar assad himself saying, yes, we did indeed use sarin gas on those people. short of that, i don't think he's going to do anything. the situation is so well advanced now. might have been different if we moved in there earlier. a president who didn't want to
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were the last one taking a tour of the white house. of the situation room before obama came back from golf. to give the all clear to taken down. >> did you give advice at the time? >> or no? >> the australians were in the room so there was intelligence. and clarity there for sure. >> distinct smell of australians. i'm not sure what that is. >> mike: i don't either. >> i'm not sure i want to find out either. >> clayton: something from down under. >> mike: thanks. look like fun. >> anna: 7:35 the time. on the the rest of your sunday morning headlines. nypd confirming that the plane landing gear found behind the controversial ground zero mosque site belongs to a boeing 767. that is the same model airliner used in the 2001 world trade center attack. aviation experts say the serial number stamped on the wreck soldier not unique to the part or to the plane so it probably can't be traced back to specific jet. meantime, the investigators will check for human remains on tuesday. >>> supreme court justice briar briar briar is recovering this morning -- stephen breyer is recovering at washington
. >> gretchen: ooo. that was a bit of a dig. >> steve: and president obama still in mexico this morning. that's where chief white house cor suspendent ed right now. it sounds like the president believes congress is inching closer to a deal, right? >> immigration reform, that's right. good morning. it's interesting because the president is in position now where as you know, this week he crossed the 100-day threshold to the start of his second term. he's largely empty handed on some of those big legacy items that he wants, like gun control, like a grand bargain budget deal. but he does believe he's inch closer to an immigration deal. he's been meeting with the mexican president and in a joint news conference yesterday, the president made clear that he thinks this is his best opportunity to get a bipartisan deal in the days ahead. listen to what he said. >> we've seen leaders from both parties indicate that now is the time to get reform. >> marco rubio is saying the key on this trip is for the president to show he's serious about border security, that that's the only way he's going to get any co
a threat to them, that they were very determined to get. piers? >> what is likely to be the white house reaction to what's happened here? >> reporter: well, nobody's talking about it publicly, you know, but president obama is literally getting asked about syria every day, and again today, with this racheting up of tensions, the president once again said you know, no prospect that he can see of putting u.s. ground troops into syria. but he's not ruling out any options. have a listen to what he had to say. >> if in fact we see strong evidence that we can present and that allows us to say that the syrian military and the syrian government is using chemical weapons, then that is a game changer for us. >> reporter: a game changer. no ground troops, but still keeping all the other options on the table, but it looks like the israelis have decided pretty much they're not waiting around. the israelis as you know have a very strong policy. what they are looking at striking is any weapons that they believe the syrians are going to try and get out of the country to keep safe, transfer to hezbollah
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